Sep 30, 2010 5:00pm EDT
the expectations of the people who will use our products. >> on august 19, an online article suggested that mcdonnell had exceptional quality control measures until 2002, the year if you assumed the position of chairman and chief executive officer. the article suggested that cost- cutting had a significant impact on the quality control standards and procedures across the company. are you familiar with that article? >> yes, sir. >> further, the article is critical of your ability to manage the consumer products business we are discussing today. is it possible at cost cutting contributed to the culture that created the quality issues? >> i did not believe that cost cutting contributed to this. >> do you think that's the cost cutting culture may have inadvertently created a situation in which santa recalls and processes that did not put consumer safety first could occur? >> no, sir. could i elaborate on that. >> while we have five minutes, but i do want you to answer. >> i do not believe that cost cutting nor financials were put ahead of the quality for patients at any of our facilities.
Sep 30, 2010 10:00am EDT
of the major financial regulatory bodies with us. obviously this is with an adjournment vote last night when we planned this hearing some weeks ago, we were under the impression we were going to be in session at least until the end of the week. obviously the agenda changed, but nonetheless i thought this hearing was so important i said we wanted to move ahead with you. i don't know how much participation we'll actually get from members. but i don't want you to believe that's a reflection of any feelings about any of you hear this morning. >> they'll probably like that. >> fewer questions here. if we do get a quorum, my hope is we do, i've discussed this already with senator shelby, we are going to move to executive session very quickly on a couple of housing measures that i believe have been agreed to. we have worked on them and i think we can deal with them fairly quickly f that happens we'll interrupt the hearing and i apologize to whoever is speaking at that moment for the interruption when that moment occurs. in the meantime i'll make some opening comments here. i'll turn to senator shelby
Sep 30, 2010 1:00pm EDT
permits. i'd now like to introduce our head table guests from your right. jeff, u.s. senate press gallery. jean from yahoo! news. lisa, "tribune newspaper's" "l.a. times." al, "the hill." andrew snyder, chairman of the speaker's committee, associate editor, kip linger washington editors. deborah, senior vice president, haguer sharp, and speaker's committee member who organized today's event. shawn, member of the press club board of governors. jonathan, bloomberg and former n.p.c. president. and a member from bergen records. [applause] today we are a little over a month away from elections that will likely bring changes in washington. poll after poll shows that voters are not happy. there's plenty of evidence that shows incurveents are unhappy. the economy is still struggling. the senate seems unable to move forward with major legislation as gridlock sets in final days before elections. it's not pretty. it's probably not a great time to be in charge of winning elections all over the country. or is it? our speakers today are two of the men who are in charge of leading their party's efforts